One of the top freshmen on the University of Louisville's baseball team last season was Josh Rogers, a product of New Albany High School.
But Rogers isn't the only successful player the Cardinals have landed in recent years from Southern Indiana.
Now, there's another on the way.
New Albany pitcher Austin Dickey, a member of the Class of 2016, gave a commitment to the Cardinals recently, picking U of L over Kentucky, Indiana and several others.
"It was really just about how true the coaches were to me," Dickey said. "I actually believed what they said and didn't think it was just another sales pitch.
"I really liked those guys."
Dickey said he was "so impressed" with U of L pitching coach Roger Williams and head coach Dan McDonnell and wanted to be part of the tradition of a player close by staying home.
"I felt like coach Williams was the coach for me," he said. "My family can come and see me play every game and they don't have to travel, plus it's a great program. I'm excited."
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Dickey said he has a two-seam and split-finger fastball, along with a change up, curveball and slider. He said his fastball has already hit 88 MPH.